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    Syrian Airstrikes Kill Dozens at Aleppo Market

    People inspect a site hit by what activists said were barrel bombs dropped by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the northern town of Atareb, in Aleppo province, Apr. 24, 2014.
    People inspect a site hit by what activists said were barrel bombs dropped by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the northern town of Atareb, in Aleppo province, Apr. 24, 2014.
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    Syrian government airstrikes killed at least 27 people and injured many others at a market near the northern city of Aleppo.

    Activist groups, including the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, say government jets hit the crowded market in the town of Atareb, located in Aleppo province, early Thursday.

    The strikes are the latest in the Syrian government's bombing campaign against rebel-held areas in Aleppo that began in December.

    Meanwhile in Damascus, the United Nations was allowed to resume food distribution inside the besieged Yarmouk camp after being blocked for 15 days.

    On Wednesday, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the U.N. Security Council needed to take action to address what he calls "flagrant violations" of international law in Syria.

    Ban said both the Syrian government and rebel fighters have failed to allow humanitarian access as demanded in a Security Council resolution passed in February.

    He said the warring sides must also lift their sieges on populated areas, calling it "shameful" that people are forced to live under those conditions.

    The Security Council also heard an update Wednesday from the international special coordinator overseeing the removal and destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons. Sigrid Kaag said 88 percent of Syria's declared chemicals have been removed or destroyed.

    Nigeria's U.N. ambassador, Joy Ogwu, said council members expressed concern about allegations that chlorine gas was used in attacks in some Syrian towns, and called for an investigation.

    Syrian Ambassador Bashar Jaafari denied "categorically" that government forces have used chlorine gas. He said if such an attack took place, it would have been done by terrorist groups.

    Syrian officials have long used the term "terrorist" to describe opposition fighters who are trying to oust President Bashar al-Assad. Jaafari said the allegations are meant to undermine Syria's presidential election scheduled for June 3.

    Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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    by: Ali from: Iran
    April 25, 2014 12:26 PM
    look - Assad never attacked Israel, he never attacked US interests... he is killing essentially a hodge-podge of Islamic Al Qaeda Arabs. so, there is a good case to be made here that Assad is not a criminal at all... it might be better for the US/Israel to leave him be. AND he is getting rid of his chemical weapons - by using it on the despicable Arabs... isn't it good for the world..??
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    by: Anonymous
    April 25, 2014 3:14 PM
    You don't know the facts, he has killed more civilians than anyone else in Syria. That is a criminal act. Deliberately bombing civilian populated areas without any exact target as well.... He is the biggest criminal in the middle east right now. You best start doing some research and learning the facts, before you look too stupid.

    by: Anonymous
    April 24, 2014 11:39 PM
    Assad has commited more crimes than anyone in the middle east. It is time the world make him accountable for his serious crimes.

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